Italian Beef and Fennel Salad
2 boneless beef top loin (strip) steaks, cut
Heat oven to 425 F. Place bell peppers and asparagus on metal baking pan; spray vegetables with nonstick cooking spray. Roast in 425 F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Set aside; cool. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients in small bowl until blended. Set aside. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions, omitting oil and salt; drain. Set aside; cool. Remove feathery tops from fennel bulb, reserving several for garnish, if desired. Trim and discard fennel stalks from bulb. Cut bulb lengthwise into quarters; remove and discard core. Thinly slice fennel quarters lengthwise. Place sliced fennel, pasta and onion in large bowl. Set aside. Press garlic-pepper seasoning evenly onto beef steaks. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place top loin steaks in skillet; cook 10 to 12 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness (top sirloin steak, 10 to 13 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness), turning once. Carve steak into thin slices. Add steak slices and roasted vegetables to pasta mixture; toss to coat evenly with vinaigrette. Garnish with reserved fennel tops, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
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Thai Beef and Cucumber Salad
1 pound beef top round steak or 1 pound beef shoulder center steaks (Ranch Steaks), cut 3/4 inch thick
Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Combine beef marinade ingredients in large bowl. Add beef; toss to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours. Whisk cucumber marinade ingredients in medium bowl until sugar is dissolved. Stir in cucumber. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes. Drain cucumber in colander; discard marinade. Set aside. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining beef. Toss cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro and peanuts in large bowl. Divide evenly among 4 plates. Arrange steak slices over salad. Makes 4 servings.
Samba Beef Salad
2 beef shoulder center steaks (Ranch Steaks), cut 3/4 inch thick (8 ounces each) or 1 boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (1 pound)
Whisk dressing ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steaks and 2/3 cup dressing in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours, turning occasionally. Cover and reserve remaining dressing in refrigerator. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 9 to 11 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness (top sirloin steak, 13 to 16 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness), turning once. Carve steaks into thin slices; season with salt, as desired. Toss greens with cranberries, pepitas and reserved dressing. Divide greens evenly among 4 plates. Arrange steak slices over greens. Spoon salsa over steak slices; sprinkle with cheese. Makes 4 servings.
Cook's Tip: Pepita is the Mexican term for a hulled pumpkin seed. Dark-green pepitas have a delicate flavor that is even better when toasted. To toast pepitas, heat in ungreased skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Toasted pine nuts may be substituted for pepitas.
The recently released 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage making smart food choices from every food group. Beef main dish salads are a delicious way to add a variety of naturally nutrient-rich foods to your meals at home.
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